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EPL: Arsenal held by Manchester United

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That's right. You read correctly. Arsenal were held to a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford, a game they could have easily won, if not for some fine saves by David De Gea and fighting spirit by the United players.

Twice, Arsenal led and twice, United found a way to claw their way back into the game. Whether this is a sign of better things to come though is a giant question mark. Too often, they have only awakened after going a goal down. In this case, a mistake by De Gea allowed Mustafi's header to slip through his hands and drop into goal. Herrera was on the line but was unable to keep it out. United fans won't be too pleased about that but David has saved United countless times before and this should be just a minor blip.

Anthony Martial then appeared at the right place and time to equalise after Herrera reacted quickest to pull the ball back across goal after an excellent free kick by Marcos Rojo. Rojo then became the villain when he scored an unfortunate own goal after trying to stop a rampant Arsenal bearing down on goal after giving the ball away. Arsenal's lead didn't last too long though as Lingard made it 2-2 with a smart finish a minute later.

The pre-event news was pretty much dominated by Jose sharing how depleted his defense was, with more than half of the squad injured or not fully fit. This was confirmed when you see Dalot, Rojo, Bailly and Darmian in the starting eleven. It's pretty damning given the fact that these guys have only made five league starts between them prior to this game but that was nothing compared to the fact that both Pogba and Lukaku were dropped to the bench. This was a huge statement by the manager and the message must have gotten to them loud and clear. 

In the end, this was a stalemate that didn't benefit either team but Arsenal will surely rue their chance to get all three points as this was as vulnerable a United team as you can get.

 

Editor's thoughts: I mentioned previously that Unai Emery has done a fantastic job since taking over and he proved me right again. He set up his team to win and it came across during the game. In the past, Arsenal usually retreat into their shells during such big games but this was not the case. Their mentality has changed since Unai took over and they will be disappointed not to leave with three points after the game. In contrast, United is struggling to keep up with the top six pack and they fall further behind with this draw. It's starting to become a trend where they only awake after conceding. Jose is running out of ideas and its becoming apparent. The United have a big decision to make come the end of the season if Jose is still in charge by then. 

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